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Dwight Read

Professor Emeritus
Department: Anthropology
395 Haines Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Tel: 310-825-3988
Fax: 310-206-4723
Keywords: Mexico


Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology

Research Interests

Mathematical anthropology, structural logic of kinship terminologies, theory of social organization, cultural evolution, archaeological classification.

Selected Publications

(1) Leaf, M. and D. Read. (n.d.) Empirical Formal Analysis In Anthropology: The New Science (Manuscript: 343 pages, single spaced)
(2) Read, D., D. Lane, and S. van der Leeuw 2009. The Innovation innovation, in Complexity perspectives on innovation and social change. D. Lane, D. Pumain, S. van der Leeuw, G. West Eds. (Springer Verlag, Berlin) pp. 43-84.
(3) Read, D. 2008. Working memory: A cognitive limit to non-human primate recursive thinking prior to hominid evolution. Evolutionary Psychology 6(4):603-638
(4) Read, D. 2008. Formal Explanation of Formal Explanation. Structure and Dynamics 3:1-16
(5) Read, D. 2007. Kinship Theory: A Paradigm Shift. Ethnology 46(4):329-364
(6) Read, D. 2007. Artifact Classification: A Conceptual and Methodological Approach. LeftCoast Press.
(7) Bennardo, G. and D. Read 2007. Cognition, Algebra, and Culture in the Tongan Kinship Terminology. Journal of Cognition and Culture 7: 49-88.
(8) Read, D. 2006. Kinship Algebra Expert System (KAES): A Software Implementation of a Cultural Theory Social Science Computer Review 24(1): 43-67
(9) Read, D. (editor) 2004. Special Issue: Cultural Systems. Cybernetics and Systems 35(2-3)
(10) Read, D. 2003. From Behavior to Culture: An Assessment of Cultural Evolution and a New Synthesis. Complexity 8(6): 14-41 (
(11) Read, D. 2002. A Multi-Trajectory, Competition Model of Emergent Complexity in Human Social Organization. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 99 (Suppl 3): 7251-7256.
(12) Read, D. 2001. What is Kinship? In The Cultural Analysis of Kinship: The Legacy of David Schneider and Its Implications for Anthropological Relativism, R. Feinberg and M. Ottenheimer eds. University of Illinois Press, Urbana.
(13) Read, D. 2001. Formal Analysis of Kinship Terminologies and Its Relationship to What Constitutes Kinship. Special Issue of Anthropological Theory, D. Kronenfeld, ed. 1:239-267
(14) Read, D. 2000. Formal Analysis of Kinship Terminologies and Its Relationship to What Constitutes Kinship (Complete text). Mathematical Anthropology and Cultural Theory
(15) Read, D. 1998. Kinship Based Demographic Simulation of Societal Processes. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation